The Purpose of High School Wrestling
Whereas YOUTH WRESTLING’S central objective is having fun, high school wrestling’s main purpose is to become a better wrestler. You become a better wrestler by learning the proper work ethic, new moves, learning how to lose weight, dedication, resiliency, setting goals etc… The foundations for what will make you a champion wrestler are laid out during high school wrestling.
And that is not to say that you should not try to win matches and accomplish goals. Because that is all part of the learning process. You will find answers to questions like: Do you set realistic goals? How do you respond when you reach your goal? Are you content with yourself, or do you now make a more challenging goal? How do you respond when you don’t accomplish your goal? It is all about learning.
In the WRESTLER’S DIET I mention that during high school wrestling you should not cut or lose weight until your senior year. Even though I did lose and cut weight throughout high school, I would have been much better off if I had waited until I was done growing. Learn from my mistakes during high school wrestling and apply them to yourself.
In high school wrestling, if you want to be a champion you have to be one of, if not the hardest working wrestler on your team. The harder you work and the more time you put in, the better you will become. That’s a guarantee.
Goal setting is probably the most important aspect of high school wrestling. If you learn how to set high goals in high school, it will propel you to the top. If your goal is to be a state champion in high school and you fall short of it, you will probably still accomplished something to be proud of. It is just like that quote, “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you might hit a star.” That is my philosophy anyway. Now where I faltered and I want you to excel is, when you don’t accomplish your lofty goal.
How will you respond during high school wrestling?
I responded terribly at first. I wanted to be a state champion so badly that it paralyzed me when that dream was shattered. What I know now that I didn’t know then is that high school wrestling is not the most important thing in the world. Not only that, but college wrestling is much more important. Eventually I was able to turn what happened in high school wrestling into motivation for college wrestling. Honestly, what you accomplish in college wrestling and beyond is what really matters. Unless of course you plan on stopping after high school. If that is the case look at your senior season as college.
I imagine it would be cool to be a state champion in high school wrestling. But I challenge you to dream bigger. If I had won a state title I can promise you that I would never have went on to win an NCAA crown. Now if you are reading this blog you already have the motivation to excel and accomplish big goals. Make it your mission to be no less than a collegiate national champion. Shoot for an Olympic gold medal. And hey if you fall short but worked out your hardest and tried your best, there is nothing to be ashamed of.